Research suggests that walking into a first date with confidence sets the stage for successful romantic initiation. People use impressions of self-esteem, a quality much like self-confidence, as information about personality and social value (Cameron et al., 2016). To be dating confident is to believe in one's own worth as a partner, a view that can help remove a sense of desperation or neediness from the dating experience. Self-confidence — indeed, even overconfidence — predicts romantic desirability, limits potential romantic rivals, and seems to help people win the love of romantic partners (Murphy et al., 2016). To reap the benefits of dating confidence is not to simply feel, internally, a sense of assurance and comfort in your own skin; importantly, to be dating confident is to that confidence. Some of you are going to say that it's not about the titles, but well... Not all girls can have as much confidence and grace as Marilyn Monroe.
Far too many women make the mistake of assuming that a man is dating them exclusively after just a few dates, or after they have sex for the first time.
But this is often a false assumption, and heartache can easily ensue.
The consensus among every relationship expert is that the assumption should never be that you're dating exclusively, but instead, that you're dating non-exclusively until you have a conversation about the subject.
What's the difference between "just dating" and "boyfriend/girlfriend"?
Yes, I know "just dating" is non-commital, but--How do you know if you've "secured" the title?